The United Kingdom is starting trials of working four days a week. Thirty companies will participate in the six-month trial program.
It has been on the agenda for years that working four days a week can bring benefits such as increasing productivity by making employees less tired. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the debate on this issue has increased recently with radical changes in business understanding and the environment.
For this practice, which has been talked about for years, the United Kingdom is now starting a six-month trial of ‘working 4 days a week’. During the trial, which will be attended by 30 British companies, company employees will continue to receive the same amount of salary as if they were working for 5 days.
Four-day work model challenges the current working model
Participants in the pilot, led by 4 Day Week Global in partnership with researchers from think tank Autonomy, 4 Day Week UK Campaign and Oxford University, Boston College, and Cambridge University, are now being asked to provide 100 percent productivity for just 80 percent of their time as they will now have an additional day off each week.
Joe O’Connor, pilot program manager at 4 Day Week Global, said of the program, “More and more businesses are moving to productivity-oriented strategies to ensure they reduce their hours without lowering their wages. We are excited by the increased momentum and interest in our pilot program and, more broadly, the four-day week. “I’m not going to do that.” The four-day workweek challenges the current working model, O’Connor said, adding that 2022 will be the year that heralds this new way of working.
The UK-led trial program will then include the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Among the companies mentioned in the program is Canon, which offers the tech firm’s employees a range of workshops, guidance and networking opportunities to maximize pilot success.